While many around the world argue that globalization and the loss of language will diminish cultural diversity, others believe there are good reasons to think that globalization will foster multilingualism and diversity. Robert Alan Silverstein, an American writer and social activist, explains, “Globalization has helped to make the world a smaller place. But it has also contributed to the loss of many languages around the world.” There are those who agree with him. For example, Angela Carter stated, “Language is power, life, and the instrument of culture, the instrument of domination and liberation.” Others have a decidedly different view: Ludwig Wittgenstein stated, “The limits of my language mean the limits of my world” and Federico Fellini believed “a different language is a different vision of life.”
Watch the TEDtalk video, Patricia Ryan: Don’t insist on English! Then, read the article, “The Dynamics of Cultural Globalization. The Myths of Cultural Globalization.”
In this discussion, we will briefly debate the issue. Find your assigned debate group by first letter of last name below:
Globalization will create loss of language and diminish cultural diversity.
In this debate I will provide a multitude of example of how globalization has impacted the loss of language in different countries. The world’s eagerness to expand and develop its countries’ resources always has serious long-term consequences for linguistic and cultural diversity.
The first country I will discuss is the United Arab Emirates, or UAE. The city of Dubai is exceptional in terms of the weakening status of Arabic in homes. The ESL teacher Abu Wardeh teaches in a university in the UAE and she always asks all her Emirati students about the type of language they speak at home.&nbs